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COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, BELLSOUTH REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, BELLSOUTH REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT
 ATLANTA, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth and Communications Workers of America negotiators have reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year working agreement for the represented employees of BellSouth.
 Gene Russo, vice president-Region 3 of the CWA, said the new contract addresses issues that are important to CWA members. "We focused this year on the job-related issues of employment security, contracting-out of work and employee movement within BellSouth. This contract reflects our demands on these issues, while providing the wages and benefits our members have earned and deserve."
 "We said from the beginning that we wanted no winners or losers at the bargaining table," said BellSouth Vice President Roy Howard. "We feel that this new working agreement provides outstanding wages, benefits and working conditions for our employees while providing us with the flexibility we need to face an increasingly competitive telecommunications business."
 The new contract provides wage increases that will total an estimated 11.3 percent over the next three years. The wage package also includes a cost-of-living adjustment.
 There were some increases in medical benefits coverage, including an annual payment for routine gynecological office visits.
 In addition to increases in wages and benefits, the contract has enhanced employment security provisions and special leave programs. Employee options for reassignment in force surplus situations have also been expanded. The new agreement will enable surplus employees to be considered for job vacancies in all CWA-represented entities of BellSouth.
 Some types of work currently contracted-out will be performed by BellSouth employees. In an 18-month trial, the company and the union will establish a separate bargaining unit to bury service wire and provide general manual labor for the network department. In the past, these work functions have been performed by labor contracted from outside the company.
 CWA represents about 62,000 BellSouth employees, including telephone operators, technicians, clerical staff, sales and business representatives in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The new working agreement is effective August 9, subject to ratification by CWA members.
 BellSouth is an international telecommunications holding company headquartered in Atlanta.
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 /CONTACT: Nettie Walraven of CWA, 404-296-5553, or Terry Johnson, 404-249-2869, or Kristie Madara, 404-249-2849, both of BellSouth/ CO: BellSouth, Communications Workers of America ST: Georgia IN: TLS SU: CON


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